Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Near Lancaster in DeKalb County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Center Hill Dam / Center Hill Powerhouse

 
 
Center Hill Dam / Center Hill Powerhouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, October 9, 2020
1. Center Hill Dam / Center Hill Powerhouse Marker
Inscription.  
Center Hill Dam
Designed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and built by private contractors, Center Hill Dam, 240 feet high and 2,160 feet long, impounds 64 miles of the Caney Fork River. Congress authorized the dam in 1938 to reduce flood damage in the Cumberland, Ohio, and Mississippi River valleys. Construction began in 1942, but was suspended in 1943 due to World War II. Work resumed in 1946, the same year that Congress authorized recreational use of the reservoir. Center Hill Dam was completed in 1951.

Center Hill Powerhouse
Beginning in 1951 three hydropower turbine-generator units generated electricity. Water surges 160 feet from an intake on the reservoir to the units in the powerhouse. the generated power is transferred to the switchyard to distribute the electricity for public use. Collectively, the units have a capacity of 135,000 kilowatts, sufficient to provide electricity to a city of 125,000 people. The powerhouse's Art Deco-Art Moderne architecture is typical of the period 1942-1952, when the powerhouse was under construction.
 
Erected by
Center Hill Dam / Center Hill Powerhouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, October 9, 2020
2. Center Hill Dam / Center Hill Powerhouse Marker
Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 2D 54.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureCharity & Public WorkWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Art Deco, and the Tennessee Historical Commission series lists.
 
Location. 36° 5.93′ N, 85° 49.499′ W. Marker is near Lancaster, Tennessee, in DeKalb County. Marker is on Lancaster Road (State Highway 96/141), on the right when traveling west. Marker is located at overlook at dam's east end. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 270 Lancaster Road, Lancaster TN 38569, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tennessee Veterans (approx. 3 miles away); Civil War in Tennessee (approx. 3 miles away); U.S. Senator Albert Gore, Sr. (approx. 3 miles away); Buffalo Valley School (approx. 3.8 miles away); Tennessee Central Crash Kills 10 (approx. 6 miles away); Site of Roulston Stand (approx. 6.1 miles away); Last Stagecoach Hold-Up (approx. 6.3 miles away); Battle of Snow Hill (approx. 8.6 miles away).
 
Center Hill Dam / Center Hill Powerhouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, October 9, 2020
3. Center Hill Dam / Center Hill Powerhouse Marker
Center Hill Dam / Center Hill Powerhouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, October 9, 2020
4. Center Hill Dam / Center Hill Powerhouse Marker
View of the dam and powerhouse from overlook.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 12, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 37 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 12, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
Paid Advertisement
Oct. 27, 2020